Gravel donation will help with Ossipee bridge cost



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U.S. CONGRESSMAN FRANK GUINTA (R, NH-01) made a stop at Ossipee Concerned Citizens Monday afternoon to give senior citizens a chance to ask questions and voice concerns about how decisions being made in Washington, D.C. are affecting their lives and their community. (Mellisa Seamans photo) (click for larger version)
October 20, 2011
OSSIPEE— Selectmen here have given the public works director the go-ahead to use donated gravel on a bridge reconstruction project.

The bridge on Marble Road as well as a half-mile stretch of road was washed out in Tropical Storm Irene, taking away access to two houses. The town's highway crew has been working to rebuild the bridge and repair the road that is expected to reopen next week. Gravel to help offset the road repair cost has been donated by Chocorua Forestlands from their nearby property. Selectmen are still waiting to hear what, if any, amount of the total bridge and road project will be reimbursed by FEMA.

Land donation

Donating a piece of property to the town for conservation is apparently not as easy as just signing over the deed. Selectman Harry Merrow owned two pieces of property that run along the Beech River in Center Ossipee. He deeded the properties to the town's conservation commission. He announced at Monday night's selectmen's meeting that unbeknownst to both sides and later pointed out by the town's attorney, public hearings were supposed to be held before the deeds were signed over. To remedy this, the selectmen will include a public hearing to solicit public comment about the land donation at their next two selectmen's meetings, on Oct. 31 and Nov. 14.

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